5 Reasons Your Students Should Ditch Their Keyboards for Pen and Paper

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It seems there’s an app for everything these days. Students aren’t given textbooks and binders full of blank, lined paper for school anymore. Now they get an electronic tablet on which they download a digital version of their subject textbook. They take notes by typing into a word processing app. It sounds like a very tech-savvy, efficient way of educating children.

So why does the U.S. continue to lag behind other countries in math, science and literacy?


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Voices In America Segment Profiling Memphis Rise Academy

In this Voices In America television segment learn how Memphis Rise Academy’s implementation of customized school planners, designed by The School Planner Company, has “made a world of difference” for their stakeholders. By incorporating core values and other elements of the curriculum into their school planners, they have created a truly customized learning tool to meet the unique needs of their students, teachers and families.

Watch the video, or learn more about the value of creating a customized planner for your school.

10 Essential Tips to Increase Parental Engagement

Parental engagement is vital. You’d have a tough time finding an educator who wasn’t aware of the benefits of parents taking an interest, and getting involved in their child’s education.

Unfortunately, it’s really not that easy. Parents often don’t show any desire to take a more active role. There are a number of reasons behind this, from a lack of confidence, to a negative perception of schools formed in their school days, and sometimes just not knowing how or why they should get more involved.

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Many of the barriers will take a long term strategy to get past, but here are ten ideas (more…)

6 Powerful Strategies to Foster Student Accountability

Students deserve an education that will not only prepare them for college, but also for the rest of their lives. In order to do this they should be given responsibilities, such as classroom jobs and group projects, which foster a sense of accountability. While this may not be easy to accomplish, the following strategies are a good place to start.

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1. Creating Expectations
From the first week of school, create the classroom norms with your students so that they play a vital role in writing the rules that they will be expected to follow. Start with an activity about their goals for the school year. Refer to these as you allow them to think about the necessary steps to getting there. Show them that achieving their goals is a process and will require them to be on task, complete the work, ask questions and work hard. Have your students sign it, like a classroom contract, and hang it up in the room so they feel a sense of ownership in the way the classroom is run.